Calendar of Events

What’s Happening in the Ozarks

 If you have an event you would like to see listed in the Calendar of Events, please email your request to [email protected] Events are printed on a space available basis and must be received by the 5th of the month prior to the month of the schedule event.

Support Your Local Farmers Market

Bentonville, AR: Saturday 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Bentonville City Square, 100 S. Main St. 479.222.0946. 

Gravette, AR: Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Old Town Park, 110 Park Drive. 479.787.8998.  

Rogers, AR: Wednesday and Saturday 7 a.m.-1 p.m., 100 N. Dixieland Rd. 479.246.8383.

Pittsburg, KS: Saturday 8 a.m.-noon, 11th & Broadway streets. 620.231.8310. 

Carthage, MO: Wednesday and Saturday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., north side of the historic Carthage square.  

Joplin, MO: Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Empire Market, 931 E. Fourth Street. 

Lamar, MO: Saturday 8:30 a.m.-noon, Moore Pavilion, 10th & Poplar Street. 417.682.3579.

Monett, MO: Starting May 16: Saturday 8 a.m.-noon and Tuesday, TBD, South Park by the YMCA parking lot. 

Neosho, MO: Starting May 7: Saturday 9 a.m.-noon., directly across from the library downtown. 

Webb City, MO: Tuesday 4-7 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-noon, pavilion at the Main Street entrance to King Jack Park.  

Grove, OK: Starting May 6: Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m., downtown. 

Quapaw, OK: First and third Fridays 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 326 Main St. 918.238.3168.  

Northwest Arkansas

May 24-26: Bentonville Bike Fest, Applegate Property located at 1770 SW Second. Drawing in more than 15,000 attendees from across the nation, with 1,500 racers representing 48 states and 15 countries, this event has become a highlight of the local community and the entire state. Boasting a range of activities tailored to everyone’s interests, this festival has cemented Bentonville’s title as the Mountain Bike Capital of the World. More information: 

Carl Junction Community Center: 303 N. Main St., 417.649.7237

Monday, Wednesday & Friday Pickleball, 6-10 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 1-3 p.m., and Sunday 1-6 p.m. Tuesday yoga 6 p.m. 

First Saturday of each month: Carl Junction Lions Breakfast, 8-11 a.m. The CJ Lions Club sponsors a monthly buffet breakfast with proceeds going to various community organizations and projects. Adults and children 11 and up, $7; children ages 3-10, $3; children under 3 eat free.

Baxter Springs, KS

May 31: Spring River Community Green Zone Training, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Crossroads Christian Church, 8448 SE Hwy Alt 69. Lunch provided. Community Green Zone Advocacy Training will empower Cherokee County residents and those in surrounding counties to support veterans as they transition from military to civilian life. Learn military familiarization, communication and military terminology, questions not to ask, how employers can use veteran skill sets and much more. For information: 620.848.2315 or [email protected]. 

Joplin, MO

Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center, 201 W. Riviera Drive, Joplin. Your local connection to Missouri’s fish, forests and wildlife. Check out the native plant landscaping, exhibits or hike the trails. Purchase a fishing or hunting permit, attend a nature program or watch for wildlife along the trails and banks of Shoal Creek. Enjoy a variety of free public programs throughout the year. Education Center is open Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Closed Sunday, Monday and most state holidays. Call 417.629.3434, email [email protected] or visit for upcoming events. The parking lot, grounds and trail are open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset. 

May 2: Virtual Program: Fish Cooking 101, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Registration required. Ages 12-up. Whether you are camping, fishing, hunting or enjoying your backyard, this program will add another element to your outdoor experience. We will cover all four of the fish cooking programs that were held in April. 

May 9: Virtual Program: Fish Cleaning 101, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Registration required. Ages 12-up. This session will focus on cleaning skinned fish, with an emphasis on catfish. We will look at standard equipment needed and common methods of cleaning these fish.    

May 11: Birds & Brews, 8-10 a.m. Registration required. Ages 14-up. Enjoy some coffee while learning about birds. Explore the world of spring bird migration during a short walk through Shoal Creek. This easy-rated walk will be about one mile long on some uneven trail surfaces. Bring your binoculars, or a pair can be provided during the program. This event is hosted by the Missouri Department of Conservation, Ozark Gateway Audubon Chapter and Wildcat Glades Nature Group. 

May 15: Virtual Program: Where Can I Purchase Native Plants, 12-12:30 p.m. Registration required. Ages 12-up. We will look at the benefits of native plants and where to purchase them.  

May 15: Virtual Program: Bushcraft Skills Series – Knife, Axe and Saw, 6-7 p.m. Registration required. Ages 12-up. This is the first in a multi-part series on primitive bushcraft skills. In part one, we will discuss knife, axe and saw safety while performing various bushcraft skills and tasks.  

May 17: Little Acorns: Night Noises, 10:30-11 a.m. Registration required. Recommended for ages 3-7. Join us to learn about the critters of the night and the noises they make. You will also make a craft to take home.  

May 21: Conservation in the Parks: Birds & Nests, 10:30-noon. Registration required. Ages 5-up. Join us to look for birds of all kinds and the signs of their nests at Mercy Park. Conservation in the Parks is a partnership event hosted by Joplin Parks and Recreation, Missouri Department of Conservation and Wildcat Glades Nature Group.   

May 25: Native Plant Sale, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration required. Ages 12-up. Drop by this free event to purchase native plants for your landscaping needs. Vendors will offer hardy plants native to Missouri and provide information about the benefits of planting native species. Or pre-order the native plants for your landscaping needs and they will be available for you to pick up. Also, please check with the Missouri Wildflowers Nursery and Ozark Soul Native Plants to see what is available, and pre-purchase your native plants from them.    

May 29: Virtual Program: Bushcraft Skills Series – Atlatl: History and Now, 12-1 p.m. Registration required. Ages 12-up. The is the second in a multi-part series on primitive skills and bushcraft. In part two, we will discuss this fascinating hunting technique (Atlatl, or spear thrower), its origin, how to build one, modern usage and more. 

May 31: Virtual Program: Snakes of Missouri, 11 a.m.-noon. Registration required. Ages 12-up. What’s scaly, can scurry quickly and some people think are scary? Snakes. Most snakes in Missouri are harmless and play an important role in our ecosystems. Join us to learn more about these often-misunderstood reptiles and see live snakes during this webinar. Must register with a valid email address to receive the program link.   

May 31: Snakes Alive, 6-7:30 p.m. Registration required. Ideal for ages 5-up. See live snakes at the Shoal Creek Center. Most snakes in Missouri are harmless and play an important role in our ecosystems. Join us to learn more about these often-misunderstood reptiles and see snakes in person. 

George Washington Carver National Monument Visitor Center Free Programs. Two miles west of Diamond, Missouri, on Highway V, one-quarter mile south on Carver Road. Visitor center and park grounds open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 417.325.4151 or visit *Programs presented outside on park grounds.  

May 4 & 5: Who was George Washington Carver, 1 p.m. World-renowned agricultural scientist, passionate educator and dedicated mentor. George Washington Carver was all these and so much more. Join a park ranger to discover more about this visionary.   

May 11 & 12: Expressions of the Soul, 1 p.m. George Washington Carver had a passion for art and believed his creations were expressions of his soul.  

May 18 & 19: History of the Carver Family Cemetery, 1 p.m. Join a park ranger at the Carver Family Cemetery. Explore the cemetery and learn about some of the early residents of the Diamond Grove community.

May 25: Historic Neosho Schoolhouse, 11:30 a.m. Join a park ranger at 639 Young St. in Neosho, Missouri, and learn about the school and neighborhood that supported the education of African American children, including George Washington Carver.      

May 26: Historic Neosho Schoolhouse, 1 p.m. Held at the visitor center, this program discusses the school and neighborhood that supported the education of African American children, including George Washington Carver.    

ArtForms Gallery Workshops, 620 N. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS. 620.240.0165. ArtForms Gallery is a co-op of artists offering monthly workshops ranging from acrylic painting, watercolor, glass fusing, pottery, metalsmithing, jewelry, textiles, kids’ art and more. Call ArtForms Gallery to register for any artist’s workshop. Refunds/cancellations: Decisions regarding refunds and cancellations are determined by the artist leading the workshop. For more information, check the Facebook page at ArtFormsGallery620/ or go to

Every Tuesday (May 7, 14, 21 & 28): Art Explorations, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Join Gallery Artist Pat Glick every Tuesday afternoon for a fun time working on your own project or art. 

May 4: String Pull Fluid Art, 2-4 p.m. Workshop fee $40, due at time of registration. Class limit of 10. Ages 16-up. Artist: Debbie Southard. String Pull is done by pulling a string, chain or bead through paint to make a floral look. This technique is dynamic and versatile. The thicker the string, the larger the image. This technique is varied and can produce unique patterns for your pours.   

May 11: Medium Round Wood-burned Wall Hanger, 2-6 p.m. Workshop fee $50, due at time of registration. Class limit of six. Ages 14-up. Artist: Ashley Denham. Use a stencil to draw out a design, then use a wood-burning tool to burn the design in. This will take a bit of time to outline and shade in. Wire will be added for wall hanging.  

May 12: Mother’s Day Mushrooms, 1-3 p.m. Workshop fee $30, due at time of registration. Class limit of six. Ages 16-up. Artist: Brenda Hayes. Join Brenda to make a fabulous fabric mushroom ornament. You will take felt and fiber and, with hand stitching, create a one-of-a-kind treasure. All supplies will be furnished. 

May 19: Yarn Painting, 1-4 p.m. Workshop fee $35, due at time of registration. Class limit of 10. Ages 10-up. Note: Anyone younger than 14 must be accompanied by an adult. An adult simply accompanying a child is not required to pay the fee unless they also participate in the workshop. Artist: Neva Rowland. Attendees will sketch their design onto a small canvas board and then glue on their chosen yarn colors to achieve interesting and unique patterns. All materials provided. 

May 23: Small Wood-burned Wall Hanger, 4-6 p.m. Workshop fee $30, due at time of registration. Class limit of six. Ages 14-up. Artist: Ashley Denham. Use small stencils to set a design, then use wood-burning tools to burn the design into wood. Will attach a wire for wall hanging.  

May 28-31: Young Artist Camp – Let’s Paint, 9-10 a.m. for 6-9-year olds, 10:30 a.m.-noon for 10–12 year olds and 1-3 p.m. for 13-17 year olds. Workshop fee $60, due at time of registration. Artist: Nicole Meyer-Foresman. Students of all ages will be given artistic license to unleash their creativity while learning new techniques in this painting extravaganza.

Every Thursday, May 30-June 27: Stained Glass Workshop, 3-6 p.m. Workshop fee $150, due at time of registration. Class limit of six. Ages 18-up Artist: Dianne Miller. This 12-15 hour course is five weeks and is for the beginner stained-glass art student or someone who wishes to improve their skills. You will learn to score, break, graze, grind, copper foil and solder your creation. You’ll take home a completed stained-glass panel (approximately 8” x 10”). An emphasis will be placed on glass considerations for different patterns, glass-cutting techniques and the steps to assemble a Tiffany-style glass panel. All tools, glass and supplies provided. Protective eyewear is required. Regular eyeglasses are sufficient. Please do not wear open-toe shoes when working with glass. Class is limited to the first eight participants who pay.    

Wildcat Glades Friends Group, 201 Riviera Dr., Joplin, Missouri. All programs are free of charge, unless otherwise noted. Registration is requested. To register, email [email protected] or visit the Facebook page for online registration options. Robin Standridge, executive director, [email protected]. 417.291.3156. 

Various Dates in May: Ongoing Project: Wildcat Park Habitat Restoration & KCU Student Trail Initiative. Wildcat Glades Nature Group, in partnership with Missouri Southern State University and Kansas City University, continues to have work days to remove invasive species at Wildcat Park. The Restoration Plan is an ongoing project that will be carried out over the next 10 years. Workdays are held nearly every Saturday during the spring. If you are interested in becoming involved with the restoration effort, you can check out the Facebook page or email [email protected]. 

Every other Saturday at Wildcat Park: KCU Student Trail Workdays. The Kansas City University Students for a Sustainable Future Organization spend every other Saturday at Wildcat Park working on the trails. These future medical professionals work with Wildcat Glades volunteers to remove invasive plant species from the trails, remove graffitti from various surfaces, clean up trash and much more. 

May 11: Birds & (Coffee) Brews, 8-10 a.m., Redings Mill Bridge. All ages welcome. Partnership program with Missouri Department of Conservation and Ozark Audubon Society. Enjoy the morning air and be serenaded by nature’s best avian musicians while you sip the finest drinks Pearl Coffee has to offer on the historic Redings Mill Bridge. No need to register. Email any questions to [email protected]. 

May 11: Yoga in Nature for Kids, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wildcat Glades Education Cottage. Free. For ages 4 and up accompanied by an adult. Led by Amanda, a registered yoga teacher, this class is designed to incorporate elements of fun, breathing and yoga poses specifically for kids. Must pre-register. Sign up by following the instructions on the Facebook page, by visiting or by emailing [email protected].  

May 11 & 15: Preschool Connections: Sunflowers, May 11, 1-2 p.m. and May 15, 10-11 a.m., Wildcat Glades Education Cottage. Free. For ages 3-up. Sponsored by Calvin Cassady. Follow the adventures of Squirm the Squirrel as he finds his favorite sunflower seed. After the story, it’s time to sing a song and plant your very own magic sunflower. Must pre-register by visiting or by emailing [email protected]. 

May 21: Conservation in the Parks: Barn Swallows, 10-11 a.m., Mercy Park. For ages 13-up. Partnership program with the Missouri Department of Conservation. Spring is a great time to get out to look for birds, both migratory and the ones that nest here year-round. Join us to look for birds of all kinds and the signs of their nests at Mercy Park. Must pre-register by visiting or by emailing [email protected].

May 25: Nature Explorers: Crawdads, 10-11 a.m., Wildcat Glades Pavilion. Free. All ages welcome. Crawdads, crayfish, crawfish, craydads … it doesn’t matter what you call them, they’ll still be snippy. At this month’s Nature Explorers, we’ll wade into a shallow stream and observe crawdads in their own habitat. Must pre-register by visiting or by emailing [email protected].

 Cultural Events

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May 3: Plain White T’s, 5:30 p.m. (gates 4 p.m.) at Missouri Southern State University Fred G. Hughes Stadium, 3950 E. Newman Rd. The multiplatinum two-time Grammy Award-nominated band Plain White T’s has brought you hits like “Hey There Delilah” and “1, 2, 3, 4.” Tickets available at Tickets: $30. More information: [email protected], 417.625.9815.

May 3, 4 & 5: “Dido and Aeneas,” First United Methodist Church, 617 S. Main St., Carthage, at 7 p.m. May 3; Northwood Arts and Events Center, 115 N. Wood St., Neosho, at 7 p.m. May 4; and Missouri Southern State University Bud Walton Black Theatre, 3950 E. Newman Rd. at 2 p.m. May 5. Heartland Opera Theatre presents “Dido and Aeneas.” Dido, the queen of Carthage, is hesitant to be coupled with the Trojan Aeneas because she worries it will make her look weak. She eventually accepts his proposal but a sorcerer is plotting to destroy her through a spell that will make Aeneas leave her. More information: [email protected].

May 3: Joplin High School Orchestra Concert, 7 p.m., Joplin High School Performing Arts Center, 2104 S. Indiana Ave. String-only and full symphonic music. From “All the Pretty Little Horses” to “Rhapsody in Blue,” this concert will be full of great music, including solos and small ensembles from graduating seniors and students who won a gold medal at the State Festival. More information: [email protected].

May 5: Swan Songs, 4-7 p.m., Landreth Park, 1001 NW Murphy Blvd. The Funkulty, who drew the largest crowd in Porchfest history, together with Sunset Circle and Maddie J Mae, will bring some incredible tunes to Joplin. More information: [email protected], 479.366.2005.

May 9: Big Spring Park Free Concert Series: One Penny Shy, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Big Spring Park in Neosho, Missouri. Grab your lawn chairs and join the Neosho Arts Council for an evening of live music. More information: [email protected].

May 13: Albert Castiglia, 7 p.m. (doors 6:30 p.m.), The Coda Concert House, 2120 E. 24th St. Albert Castiglia’s exceptional instrumental prowess and searing vocals have dazzled audiences from coast to coast. For reservations, email [email protected]. In response, a confirmation email with directions, parking, etc., will be sent. All proceeds benefit the artist performing. More information: [email protected].

May 15-19: The Concert Truck. This 16-foot box truck transforms into the ultimate mobile concert hall, inviting audiences to experience firsthand how music can bring communities together in extraordinary ways. May 15: 10 a.m. at Freeman Hospital, 1102 W. 32nd St., and Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School, 3401 Newman Rd., at 1 p.m. May 16: 6 p.m. in downtown Joplin on Main Street. May 17: Joplin Senior Center, 2616 S. Picher Ave. at 10 a.m. May 18: Joplin Empire Market, 931 E. 4th St., at 11 a.m. May 19: The Wildwood Senior Living, 3002 S. John Duffy Dr. at 10 a.m. and Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. at 1 p.m. More information: [email protected], 417.501.5550.

May 15-19: “Promises, Promises,” 7:30 p.m. (Sunday 2:30 p.m.), Joplin Little Theatre, 3009 W. First St. In New York City in the 1960s, an ambitious accountant named Chuck Baxter lends his apartment to his supervisors, who need a discreet place for illicit afternoon rendezvous. Miserable and exploited, Chuck finds a beacon of hope in coworker Fran, who is trapped in a romantic predicament of her own. Reservations encouraged; reserve tickets at or by calling 417.623.3638. Tickets: Adults $18, senior citizens/students $15. More information: [email protected], 417.623.3638.

May 17: Joplin Improv Live Show, 8 p.m., Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, 506 S. Joplin Ave. Enjoy happy hour at 7 p.m. Stick around for a free improvised comedy show. More information: [email protected].

May 18: “Singing Through the Gospels,” 6 p.m., Missouri Southern State University Taylor Performing Arts Center, 3950 E. Newman Rd. An evening of artistry, encouragement and worship as the Proclamation Youth Choir presents “Singing Through the Gospels.” This choir is comprised of more than 170 voices from across the Four-State Area and is accompanied by skilled musicians on strings, brass, percussion and harp. Prelude instrumental music provided by various members of the choir, beginning at 5:30 p.m. More information: [email protected], 417.389.7426.

May 22: Hogslop String Band, 7 p.m. (doors 6:30 p.m.), The Coda Concert House, 2120 E. 24th St. Members of Hogslop String Band walk the line between tradition and bold irreverence, finding their roots in old-time string band music and their energy in wild rock and roll. They thrive on crossing genres, casting off confines and delving into a deep repertoire of rock, folk, psychedelic and original numbers. For reservations, email [email protected]. In response, a confirmation email with directions, parking, etc., will be sent. All proceeds benefit the artist performing. More information: [email protected].


May 2: Local Color Art Gallery & Studio Spring Open House, 5-8 p.m., Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, 1027 S. Main St. Participate in an auction benefitting LifeChoices, find the perfect gift for you or someone you love, enjoy refreshments, meet Local Color’s award-winning artists and peruse the spectacular art on display. More information: [email protected], 417.553.0835.

May 2: First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30-8:30 p.m., downtown Joplin. Dozens of artists will show or demonstrate their artistic process. All art for sale. Participating artists will be inside various venues along with live, acoustic music from local musicians. Event is held the first Thursday of the month, March through October. Map of participating locations is available at More information: [email protected], 417.438.5931.

May 5, 12, 19 & 26: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9 p.m. (sign-up 8:30 p.m.), Blackthorn Pizza & Pub, 510 S. Joplin Ave. Join Joplin Comedy and try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10 p.m., 21+ from 10 p.m. until close. More information: [email protected], 417.540.9186.

May 7: Rock Club, 5:30 p.m., Joplin History & Mineral Museum, 504 S. Schifferdecker Ave. Meets at the Joplin History & Mineral Museum the first Tuesday of every month. Club members listen to presentations on various rock-related topics (like faceting gemstones for jewelry making), show off their favorite finds during a show-and-tell portion, help plan upcoming rock shows and enter to win a door prize awarded at the conclusion of each meeting. More information: [email protected], 417.623.1180 X1586.

May 9: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6 p.m., Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Includes a variety of writers from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Members have published novels, nonfiction books and articles. Dues are $10 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. More information: [email protected], 417.691.0480.

May 11: Bees & Blossoms Spring Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Joplin Empire Market, 931 E. 4th St. Kick off the growing season and celebrate all things spring! Pick up a free native tree or bush seedling from the Missouri Department of Conservation (while supplies last), view a demonstration hive and discover the magic of beekeeping, pick up a native plant scavenger hunt sheet to see what you can find in your neighborhood, enjoy special goods from vendors and more. More information: [email protected], 417.986.3914.

May 12: 2nd Sunday Cinema (ages 14+), 1-4 p.m., Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, 212 W. Seventh St., and 6-9 p.m. at Route 66 Theater, 24 S. Main St. in Webb City. 2nd Sunday Cinema is a monthly celebration of films produced by regional filmmakers from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Every second Sunday of the month, Great Wonders Productions hosts screenings of films selected by the Uplift Film Fest jury and invites filmmakers for live interviews and Q&As about their films. A portion of the box office sales go to filmmakers to support filmmaking and cinematic storytelling in the Four States. Advance tickets recommended; purchase tickets at Tickets: $10. More information: [email protected], 417.437.2001.

May 16: Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 p.m., downtown Joplin. Every third Thursday, March through October, thousands of people gather on Main Street in downtown Joplin to enjoy local artisans, music, entertainment and food. More information: [email protected], 417.501.9649.

May 30: Artist Talk with Joan Allen, 6:30 p.m., Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Join Post Art Library and Joplin Public Library for an artist talk and closing reception featuring artist Joan Allen and the watercolor paintings in her exhibit, “Artrageous.” More information: [email protected], 417.623.7953 X1041.

May 30: Open Mic Night, 7-9:30 p.m., Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, 506 S. Joplin Ave. Musicians, singers, poets! Performers are each allotted five to eight minutes per set. Two vocal mics, a quarter inch plug-in for guitar/piano and an aux cable are available. To sign up early, message them at All ages welcome. Free. More information: [email protected], 417.483.5558. 


April 7-May 30: “Faces & Familiar Places” by Rachel Cabral and Shawn Riley, The Maple UnCommon Guest House & Gallery, 120 E. Maple St., Columbus, Kansas. See beautiful, mixed media portraits from artist Rachel Cabral and fine art photography, featuring several images from Columbus, Kansas, taken by photographer Shawn Riley. More information: [email protected], 620.762.3782.

April 4-May 30: “Artrageous” by Joan Allen, Joplin Public Library Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery, 1901 E. 20th St. Post Art Library and Joplin Public Library present “Artrageous,” an exhibit featuring the watercolor paintings of artist Joan Allen. In addition to exhibiting her artwork, Joan teaches techniques in painting and drawing. The public is invited to an artist talk and closing reception in the gallery May 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. More information: [email protected], 417.623.7953 X1041.


May 10: Watercolor Painting Class with Joan Allen, 1-3 p.m., Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, 1027 S. Main St. Learn how to use watercolors to create your next masterpiece with artist Joan Allen. All supplies provided. Register by calling Local Color Art Gallery & Studio at 417.553.0835. Cost: $30. 

May 18: Family Fun Painting Class (ages 8+), 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, 1027 S. Main St. No experience necessary. Local Color artists Jesse McCormick and Margie Moss will help you create your own masterpiece featuring one of hundreds of Impressionist paintings from artists like Van Gogh or Monet. You can also bring your own printed reference photo to paint. All supplies provided, along with a complimentary ice cream cone from Caroline’s. Register by calling Local Color Art Gallery & Studio at 417.553.0835. Cost: $30. 

May 18: Fused Glass Lantern with Jane McCaulley (ages 10+), 3:30-5:30 p.m., Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, 1027 S. Main St. Create your own fused glass lantern, complete with twinkly lights! All supplies provided. Register by calling Local Color Art Gallery & Studio at 417.553.0835. Cost: $45. 

Recurring Classes:

Create N Sip Studios, 1505 W. 10th St.: 

Wednesdays: Wine’d Down Wednesday, 5-9 p.m. A canvas and home decor DIY event. Cost: $28-$58. More information: [email protected], 417.680.5434.

Saturdays: Saturday Morning Choose Your Canvas, 10 a.m. Select the painting you want to recreate. Cost: $28-$176. More information: [email protected], 417.680.5434.

Dream Theatre Co., 124 S. Main St.:

Feb. 6-May 17: The Acting Academy, 4-6 p.m. Students work with experienced instructors to adapt children’s literature into public theatrical performances. This class, Class A, meets Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 17. Register at Cost: $120 per month + $25 enrollment fee. More information: [email protected].

Feb. 7-May 18: The Acting Academy, 4-6 p.m. Students work with experienced instructors to adapt children’s literature into public theatrical performances. This class, Class B, meets Wednesdays and Fridays through May 18. Register at Cost: $120 per month + $25 enrollment fee. More information: [email protected].

Firehouse Pottery-Joplin, 112 S. Main St.:

Tuesdays: Ladies’ Night Out (ages 18+) until 8 p.m. Enjoy a creative evening. More information: [email protected], 417.553.0671.

Fridays: Date Night until 8 p.m. Friday nights are date night 2-for-1 studio fees for all couples. More information: [email protected], 417.553.0671.

Judy’s Ballroom Dance, 3950 E. Newman Rd.:

Tuesdays: East Coast Swing with Judy Schneider, 6-7 p.m. Discover the rhythmic and versatile East Coast Swing during this six-week session! This group meets Tuesdays, April 9-May 14. Cost: $75 per person; $50 for students. More information: [email protected], 417.392.0215.

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, 1027 S. Main St.: 

Tuesdays: Beginner Watercolor Class with Barb Hicklin (ages 8+), 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bring your own supplies. Register by calling Local Color Art Gallery & Studio at 417.553.0835. Cost: $20.

Tuesdays: Oil, Acrylic & Watercolor Class, 2 p.m. Improve your painting and learn principles of design. Bring your own watercolor, oils or acrylic paint for personal instruction from award-winning artist Paula Giltner. Register by calling Local Color Art Gallery & Studio at 417.553.0835. Cost: $20. 

Spiva Center for the Arts, 212 W. 7th St.:

Tuesdays: Creation Station (ages 6-11), 4-5:15 p.m. Explore the galleries, enjoy fun activities and experiment with a variety of media. Register at Sponsored by Dr. John and Joy Cragin. Cost: In advance $6, at the door $8. More information: [email protected], 417.621.9812.

Fridays: Memories in the Making, noon-2 p.m. This art experience is centered on the expression of creativity through painting for those dealing with memory loss. More information: [email protected], 417.621.9812.

Tanglefooter’s Round Dance Club, 1802 W. 2nd St.:

Mondays: Tanglefooter’s Round Dance Club, 7-8 p.m. Learn choreographed ballroom dancing with experienced teachers. Cost: Individual $7.50, couple $15. More information: [email protected], 417.529.0686.

 Health Events

Joplin, MO

Every day: Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings. Call 888.740.4568.

Every Monday: Tips for Living a Healthy Life, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., South YMCA, 3404 W. McIntosh Circle. Free; registration required. Call 417.625.2492.

Every Day: 12-Step Recovery Meetings, Alano Club, 1800 E. 30th. Call 417.623.9645.

May 22: Grief Support Group meets every fourth Wednesday of each month, 6-7:30 p.m., Hospice Compassus, 2216 E. 32nd St., Ste. 201. Call 417.623.8272.

Freeman Health System 

Joplin, MO

All events are free and open to the public, unless noted; support group meetings are cancelled on days Joplin R-VIII Schools close due to inclement weather.

May 7: Espresso Yourself Breast Cancer Support Group, 5-6 p.m., Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, 506 S. Joplin Ave. Come and enjoy a coffee courtesy of Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute. Our monthly breast cancer support group enables members to share, gain helpful information and useful tips, as well as form new friendships. Enjoy listening to a special guest from time to time. RSVP to Marcella Sowell at 417.347.2662. 

May 8: Freeman Cancer Support Group, 2-3 p.m., Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute, 3415 McIntosh Circle. Call Kelley Wheeler at 417.347.4000 for more information. 

May 17 & 18: Joplin Memorial Run (JMR) – The FINAL Year, 8 a.m. Hosted in downtown Joplin at Memorial Hall/Cornell Art Complex (8th & Joplin streets). The Joplin Memorial Run is a project of Active Lifestyle Events and Produced by Rufus Racing, LLC. JMR hosts a half-marathon, 4-person half-marathon relay, 10K, 5K and kid’s run. Various times and events are listed on the Joplin Memorial Run website at  

May 21: Freeman Bariatric Weight-loss Support Group, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Designed to help those who have had bariatric surgery. For more information, call Janice Drake at 417.347.1266. 

May 21: Ozark Center Daytime Autism Support Group, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. Open to people with autism, parents and caregivers. Call 417.347.7850 for more information. 

National Adult Literacy Action For information on NALA, call 417.782.2646, email [email protected] or visit Located at 123 S. Main St., Joplin. Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday: 8:30 a.m.-noon.

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May 10: 21st Annual Caring with Pride Golf Tournament, 8 a.m. The Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC) Foundation will host this tournament at the Frank E. Peters Golf Course. The competition will feature 3-person teams competing for prize money awarded to the top three teams in each of three flights. A light breakfast and catered lunch will be provided. To register, visit or call 417.448.3801.

May 11: Birth and Beyond Class, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Meets at the NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room.  This class covers childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care for women in their last trimester. Includes a tour of the NRMC OB when available. $15 registration fee. Fee may be waived if cost is prohibitive. Register by calling 417.448.3710.     

May 17: Community Blood Drive at Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC), 1-6 p.m. Join us for our community-wide blood drive in the Mezzanine Conference Room. Blood collected through our hospital drives remains in our area to assist patients in need. To register for a specific appointment time, visit and click on the “Donate Blood” button. Walk-ins are also welcome.           

May 28: Rich Hill Family Medical Clinic Screenings, 11 a.m.-noon, Kern Senior Center. Free health screenings are offered every fourth Tuesday of the month to residents of Rich Hill. 

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Every Tuesday: Free blood pressure and glucose screenings provided by INTEGRIS Regency Home Care and Hospice. First Tuesday: Commerce Nutrition Center, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Second Tuesday: Nine Tribes Tower, 10-11 a.m. Third Tuesday: Miami Senior Center, 10-11 a.m. Fourth Tuesday: INTEGRIS Baptist Village, 9-10 a.m.

May 7: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets first Tuesday monthly, 11 a.m., Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391. 

May 14 & 28: Depression Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 2 p.m., Northeastern Tribal Health System Conference Room, 2301 Eight Tribes Trail. Call 918.675.2093.


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